My mother (Akwesasneron) taught me raised beadwork in the 1970s. She learned from her aunt in Akwesasne. It is an art that has been passed down many generations in Akwesasne. I have since learned how to improve and hone my own techniques and find inspiration from many different artists and the many different places I travel.
I produce XR experiences (augmented reality, virtual reality, 360 / 180 films and shorts, animation) that include Kanien’kéha dialects. I do not seek to represent Indigenous culture, but I am an Onkwehonwe / Kanien’kéhake person producing art that shows my own personal life experiences, influences, and ideas.
I’ve provided technical training with Onkwehonwehneha AI practices at Emily Carr University of Art+ Design, University of Victoria, Cornell, at Government organizations, film boards, film studios, art studios, offices and outdoor spaces.
Much of my work shows my ideas about the future including the existence of Kanien’kéha (language) and Kanien’kéhake (people) in situations and spaces where I have rarely seen us being included during my lifetime.
My workshops are designed with what I refer to as Onkwehonwehneha AI (Onkwehonwe ways of being / doing, Ancient Intelligence collaborating with Artificial Intelligence (digital...) to combine the Natural World elements with the man-made artificial elements.
I also create regalia, jewelry and clothing that incorporates raised beadwork and QR codes that play Kanien’kéha audio when activated.
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MoniGarr has production studio on the Akwesasne Indian Reservation. Their productions are shown world-wide at tech / film / museum events and at private screenings.
Please contact them to schedule an online or in-person appointment or to attend their in-person workshops.